Gardai are investigating after a 37-year-old man was attacked with a machete in west Dublin last night.
Charlie Maughan is recovering from his injuries today after being rushed to hospital shortly after 10.30pm.
Mr Maughan received a number of slash wounds to the back of his neck in the attack which occurred at Wellview Avenue, Mulhuddart.
Sources said the incident unfolded after Mr Maughan, who lives in the locality, called to a house in the estate.
It is believed that an argument then took place on the doorstep.
He then left the house and was walking down the street when a man approached him from behind and attacked him with a very large knife.
Sources said that he is "extremely lucky" that the deep cut that he received to the back of his neck did not cause more damage.
Gardai in Blanachardstown are investigating what is described as a "serious assault" which sources say may be linked to a localised dispute.
Mr Maughan was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was conscious and breathing shortly after the incident.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
The Herald has learned that a younger associate of Mr Maughan was previously caught by gardai with a hockey stick in his car.
He was at home with his young family when he started getting threatening text messages.
He left the house so as to keep his young family safe and he grabbed the hockey stick for his own protection.